God is good! According to Fox News Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell, the 25-year-old Alabama woman who became the subject of a two-day search when she vanished after pulling over on an Alabama interstate to check on a child, has been found safe.
FOX affiliate WBRC reports Russell showed up at the home in Hoover, Alabama that she shared with her parents at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday.
“She walked up, banged on the door, and that was her,” Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis told the station.
The once-missing woman is now at a local hospital for evaluation.
Officials have not released any details about where Russell was, how she got back home, or her condition.
“We work with facts,” Chief Derzis said. “With social media, you got so many people that think they know what’s taken place. Right now, we’re just very pleased that she’s home.”
The search began for Russell on Thursday night. That night, she called 911 and then spoke to a family member, saying that she saw a young child walking on the side of Interstate 459 South near Mile Market 11 in Hoover, Alabama.
Carlee’s mother Talitha Russell said her daughter was on the phone with a family member when she pulled over to check on the child.
“My daughter-in-law could hear her ask if the child was OK, and the child didn’t respond – at least she didn’t hear her respond,” Russell said. “Then she heard our daughter Carlee scream.”
While the family lost contact with Carlee Russell, the line remained open.
When officers arrived at the location, they found Russell’s red Mercedes still running by the interstate, but they were unable to find her or a child in the area.
“Her car door was open,” Talitha Russell said. “They have found her wig and her hat, and her cell phone.”
The phone is now undergoing a forensic examination to see if there are any clues to help them find Carlee. Investigators say no children had been reported missing in the area.
Police say a witness reported seeing a man standing beside Russell’s vehicle just before officers arrived at the scene.
“A single witness has reported possibly seeing a gray vehicle with a light-complexioned male standing outside Carlee’s vehicle,” Hoover Police Lt. Daniel Lowe said at a press conference.
We are so happy she came home, praying for her mental and physical health.